The Faculty of Science organized the "Young Scientist Challenge Cup 2016-17" on 5 January 2017. The competition was sponsored by the HKBU Century Club and the Faculty of Science. This year, Ms Esther Wong, Patron and Vice-President of HKBU Century Club, has attended the event to show her support to the participants.
Undergraduate students who participated in the competition this year were challenged to solve a scientific problem entitled "What’s Next on Miniaturized Machines?". Students from different programmes formed into teams of three to five members to present a scientific novel type of design for the sustainable future and the better living of human-kind to a panel of judges. Participants' scientific merit, novel approach and presentation skills were assessed.
The champion was awarded to Mr Yu Wenlong (Chemistry, Year 2), Mr Xu Chen (Computer Science, Year 2), Miss Li Puyu, Miss Wang Luojia (Mathematics, Year 2) and Mr Liu Liangchen (Mathematics, Year 3). The first runner-up prize was presented to Mr Chiu Chun Shing, Mr Chung Tsz Hei (Biology, Year 2), Miss Siu Sin Yung and Miss Yung Tsan Ling (Chemistry, Year 2). The second runner-up prize went to Mr Leung Chi Kit (Biology, Year 2), Miss Chan Pui Kam (Computer Science, Year 2) and Mr Chan Chak Ming (Physics, Year 2). Among the winning students, Mr Liu Liangchen won the individual best presentation award.
The competition, launched this year for the sixth time, aimed to encourage students to put into practice their inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary science and technology knowledge, nurture their leadership and organisation skills, strengthen team spirit and problem-solving abilities, enhance communication and presentation skills, and inspire creativity.